On Tuesday (May 2), New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) criticized the White House’s “irresponsibility” on immigration.
The comments came during a news conference where Adams complained that his city was shouldering the burden of asylum seekers because of the failure of Republicans and the White House in the nation’s capital.
Adams claimed his complaint wasn’t about asylum seekers or immigrants because all Americans had come “from somewhere to pursue the American dream.”
Instead, the New York City Mayor blamed Republican lawmakers in Washington “for refusing to do real immigration reform” and Washington’s “irresponsibility” in general, as they hadn’t addressed the issue.
The complaint comes a day after Adams criticized Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott over his latest plan to send asylum seekers to sanctuary cities across the country.
Adams insisted that Abbott’s behavior wasn’t only “morally bankrupt” and “devoid of concern” for Migrants, but the fact Abbott was “targeting five cities run by Black mayors” couldn’t be ignored.
In an interview with WABC on Tuesday, Adams clarified that he didn’t think Abbott’s actions made him racist, saying he didn’t use the term “racism,” while highlighting that of the 108,000 cities in the U.S. which he asserted were mostly Democratic cities.
However, Adams pointed out that Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, where Abbott had sent to migrants, were all ked by Black mayors.
The news comes as the Biden administration approved sending 1,500 active-duty U.S. troops to the southern border in May to prepare for the expiration of Section 42.